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Hepatitis C And Pegylated Interferon
Hep C Rx: Treatment options include: Direct antiviral agents (DAA's). DAA's are a group of different antiviral agents taken orally for a much shorter period of time than the other medications and will probably revolutionize the treatment of Hep C. Both new pills - Olysio (simeprevir) and Sovaldi (sofosbuvir) - work better than the current treatment for hepatitis C. They cure it more often & in less time ...Read more
Hepatitis c is a virus that replicates (makes copies of itself) in the human liver. People can be infected by exposure to even very small amounts of blood. Over 20 to 40 years it can cause scarring of the liver, and severe scarring is called cirrhosis. People can be tested for exposure with an antibody test. If that is positive, they need a test for the virus itself ...Read more
Not Very: The interferons are not very effective for treatment hepatitis C. Depending on the type (genotype) of hepatitis C, the cure rate ranges from about 30% to 75% at best. There are now newer medications called Direct Acting Antivirals which are much more effective and have fewer side effects than the interferon medications. ...Read more
My hepatitis C is going untreated as I have already tried the pagasys and interferon. Almost killed me what can I try what will happen to me untreated?
Depends: Everybody who has hepatitis c needs to know their genotype (1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6) and whether ot not they have severe scarring of the liver (cirrhosis). If you have been treated with peg-interferon plus ribavirin, it is good to know how much the viral load went down on treatment. This info will help you see which new hcv treatments will benefit you and the likelihood of cure. ...Read more
Depends: That depends on which genotype of hcv you have. In general, it's easier to cure hepatitis c with a combination of interferon, ribavirin, and an hcv protease inhibitor than with interferon and Ribavirin alone. However, there are some hcv genotypes that have a high cure rate without the protease inhibitor. ...Read more
What are relapse symptoms after triple therapy(ribavirin, peg-interferon, incivek) for hepatitis c? Very worried about relapsing at the moment!
2 versions 1 drug: They are the same drug except that the pegylation makes that drug longer acting, so it can be given less often. ...Read more
Question regarding pegylated interferon injections and ribavirin treatment. Who does them and when?
Interferons are a diverse group of proteins that belong to a class of glycoproteins known as cytokines. Interferons were first discovered for their ability to block viral replication within host cells. They also have been found to activate immune cells for many disease processes. There are several classes of interferons, types i, ii and iii, depending on ...Read more
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